62514 - Private International Law

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

No poverty Gender equality Peace, justice and strong institutions Partnerships for the goals

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course unit, students: - possess an in-depth knowledge about the mechanisms set up in the main legal orders of civil and common law or established at the international level and by the European Union to regulate legal relationships characterized by international elements concerning either the applicable legal system or the competent jurisdiction; - are capable to resolve core legal issues about inheritances, obligations and family law where the relationships involving the main subjects are characterized by international elements, from the perspective of the national legal order concerned.

Course contents

Attendance will be possible also online.

The course will enable students to critically understand and deal professionally with international private issues. To this effect, the main topics of private international law - jurisdiction, applicable law and recognition and enforcement of foreign decisions, international cooperation - will be analyzed by examining examining some of the most relevant categories of private international law - marriage and divorce, filiation and adoption, international contracts and succession and wills.

In particular, this will make it possible to explore the different sources of private international law (international sources, sources of EU law, national sources, non-State law), the methods of regulation of private matters with elements of internationality, also from a historical and comparative point of view (including the autonomy of the parties and the rules of uniform substantive law), as well as the resolution of disputes (state jurisdiction, international arbitration, alternative means of dispute resolution).


Reading material and the slides of the lectures will be available on the course website: virtuale.unibo.it


Teaching methods

Attendance will also be possible online.


Assessment methods


The assessment will be possible also online. Knowledge will be assessed through a final exam in form of a written test with multiple choice questions.

Teaching tools

Slides, case-law and reading material will be available on the course website at virtuale.unibo.it


Office hours

See the website of Alessandra Zanobetti